Transgender Woman & Friends Receive 'Gay B*tches' Receipt At D.C. Eatery
Lambda Legal has filed a complaint against Bistro 18, a restaurant in the Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, D.C., after a server at the restaurant allegedly gave a transgender patron, Amira Gray, and her friends a receipt with their table listed as "Gay Bitches." The incident occurred on August 11, 2013.
Lambda Legal writes, describing the incident:
Amira and her eight friends were repeatedly ignored by their server and had to approach the bar to order. During the evening, the server came to the party’s table only once to deliver the hookah machine the group had ordered at the bar. At the end of the night, the bartender dropped off the check, which had the words “GAY BITCHES” printed where the customer’s name would be written.
When one of Gray’s friends brought this to the attention of the bar’s manager, the manager tried to remove the offending receipt and print a new one without the slur. However, the group kept the original receipt and captured photos of it that accompany this blog post.
On her decision to file a complaint with Washington, D.C.'s Office of Human Rights, Gray explains:
"When my friends and I saw the receipt, we were humiliated and embarrassed. We went in planning to enjoy Bistro 18 just like everyone else in the hookah bar that evening, but it turned into a disturbing experience. I am standing up for my friends and me because I don’t think anyone should have to go through that."